Former CEO of collapsed Mt.Gox bitcoin exchange arrested in Japan: reports


Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency, Japanese media reports said. The French-born Karpeles, 30, is suspected of falsifying data on the outstanding balance of the exchange, at one point the world's largest hub for trading the digital currency, they added. When it filed for bankruptcy in February 2014, Mt. Gox said 750,000 customer bitcoins and another 100,000 belonging to the exchange were stolen due to a software security flaw.

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E&Y Japan arm launches internal probe of Toshiba audit


The Japanese affiliate of Ernst & Young LLC has launched an in-house investigation into its audit of Toshiba Corp in the wake of the electronics maker's $1.2 billion accounting scandal, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC has established a team of about 20 executives to investigate whether there were any problems with how it conducted its audits of Toshiba, the person said. Last month an external panel of lawyers and accountants hired to probe Toshiba's accounts found the company had inflated profits by 152 billion yen ($1.23 billion) over seven years by postponing the realization of losses and other schemes.

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Yahoo buys fashion website Polyvore


(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings. Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its 'Mavens' growth strategy. The company has been focusing on four areas — mobile, video, native advertising and social — which it calls Mavens, to drive user engagement and ad sales as it battles intense competition from Google Inc and Facebook Inc .

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Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration


By Edward Taylor and Julia Love FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook went to BMW's headquarters last year and senior Apple executives toured the carmaker's Leipzig factory to learn how it manufactures the i3 electric car, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters. The dialogue ended without conclusion because Apple appears to want to explore developing a passenger car on its own, one of the sources said.

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With Star Wars relaunch, the Force is with Electronic Arts


Electronic Arts Inc is back from the "dark side". EA said on Thursday that "extremely strong" preorders for "Star Wars: Battlefront" were behind its decision to raise its full-year revenue forecast to $4.45 billion from $4.40 billion. "(EA) is merely trying to rein in runaway expectations for Star Wars, during a highly competitive holiday window for first-person shooters," Barclays analyst Chris Merwin, who raised his price target on EA by $14 to $82, wrote in a research report.

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Uber, driver attorneys maneuver toward crucial hearing


Uber Technologies Inc is jostling with drivers suing for reimbursement of their expenses in advance of an important hearing next week in the fight over whether drivers are independent contractors or employees entitled to benefits. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. If allowed to proceed as a class action, the 2013 lawsuit could cover more than 160,000 California drivers and give plaintiffs leverage to negotiate a settlement.

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Selfie app Frontback comes back to life thanks to mysterious new ‘partner’


Frontback has made a miraculous recovery. Founder della Faille tells Business Insider that the new partner "will introduce themselves at the right time." For now, he notes, "We're very happy we found a solution for our community." The lifeline also gives Frontback a second chance to prove that it wasn't wrong to pass up a rumored $40 million acquisition offer from Twitter.

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